Energy is, without a doubt, the very foundation of the universe. It's the engine that powers life and fuels the evolution of human civilization.
To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.
In the 24 riveting lectures of The Science of Energy: Resources and Power Explained, expert geophysicist Professor Wysession presents an unbiased investigation into the energy sources that power our world. With clear and easy-to-follow explanations that make scientific and mathematical concepts approachable and understandable, this course is a marvelous window into the inner workings of energy that will keep you constantly engaged. You'll examine a wide portfolio of energy sources, how these sources work, the engineering marvels that adapt them to human needs, the economic and environmental consequences of using them, and more. Whatever exciting changes await us in the coming decades (from food production to public transportation to industrial manufacturing), they'll most certainly require lots of power. For this reason and many more, this course imparts essential information for any well-informed citizen of the world - whether you're powering a major city or simply turning on the light.
The world-spanning civilizations that we have built rely on a vast, dependable, and lasting supply of energy. The choices we make have profound consequences for how the world will continue to develop. Get the facts you need to choose well.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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Engineer in business school. I appreciate every genre but find business/professional reading and epic fantasy best suited to audio format.
This course does an excellent job of thoroughly discussing various energy sources without being too technical. I have worked in oil & gas, nuclear, and dabbled in undergrad research in biofuels and hydrogen fuel cells. There was enough new information to keep me interested yet I would definitely also recommend this course to someone with a non technical background because it provides real facts and information without getting too far into the technical weeds. The lecturer is evenly paced and easy to understand. Overall, A+!
I am an environmental engineer who loves history, physics, lectures, and thrillers.
Concise, accurate, unbiased.
I enjoyed the direct and comprehensive descriptions of each energy technique with very little discernible preferences bleeding into the narrative. This allowed for a very open-minded listening experience.
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I Loved these lectures! Professor Wysession is straight-forward no non-sense in his approach to lecturing. I learned a great deal from this series and it's definitely one of my favorite from the Great Courses. I like how Prof. Wysession called the recent wars out for what they are really about, not religion or democracy but energy and the fierce competition for dominance. Nothing new about that in the sense of history but while we are comfortable within our high-tech bubbles we tend to forget how desperately dependent we are on the politics and business of energy.
The lecturer is unconcerned with political perspectives when it comes to energy policy. He simply does the math. You think nuclear is the answer? Here's the math on what it takes to generate that form of energy. All detailed without editorializing. Solar? OK, this is how much land is needed for this much energy. He simply weighs the pros and cons for every type of energy. It's just the facts, ma'am.
As the title indicates this is a very high level overview of the energy industry, technology and political concerns. If you have a background in this topic you might find it too cursory. I, not having a deep understanding of the topic, found lots of good information and leads for further study. The material was very approachable. One area I found particularly interesting was the comparisons of energy efficiency between the various types of power sources and what it takes to tap into that source. This gave me a better sense of why some fuel sources dominate currently and what factors would allow us to take up other sources such as renewables.
I'm into educational nonfiction. Particularly ones in science, engineering, futurism, and psychology.
Unlike so many of the books about modern issues, the author is actively unbiased, and presents the facts clearly. He leaves the reader to develope their own, now vastly more informed, view of the energy system.
interesting informative and thought provoking. presented in a nice progressive pace that starts by laying a foundation of the science of energy and then moves in to the implications for humanity.
Yes I am a technology geek. I listened on my commute to work and home and enjoyed every bit of it. At times I wish there was video accompanying the demonstrations but it's called an audio book for a reason. The read was technical without going so deep as to lose the listener. It makes me feel like going to college but I think this professor will be an entertaining exception rather than the rule. Great job to the author and the recording engineers.
If you have a background in science, you may find the first few chapters on the basics of energy, power, and thermodynamics uninteresting. After that, though, the pace quickens, the scope broadens, and the rest is a high quality education on the straight facts of every modern energy source.
fascinating and brilliantly delivered lectures. great balance of general and detailed info on the uses and costs of energy.
"Excellent current, broad reference"
Amongst the top 5
The early chapter's explanation of energy density
This has been been a good study companion for fundamental concepts of energy issues. The best thing about it is that it's up-to-date; listened to in 2016 there'll be something of interest for all but the most informed. It's politically neutral too, even acknowledges China's advances in energy. There are plenty of concepts that are explained in accessible practical examples.
"Comprehensive picture of energy resources"
I bought this book with a hope of understanding more about the processes involved in recovering energy, and the strengths of the various resources and forms. It is such a hotly contested topic, which rarely comes with clean cut information, that it's easy to get a biased opinion on the area.
This certainly isn't the case here. The professor is very balanced, and from the start of the audiobook, he asks you to take the same approach, leaving aside any preconceptions. After introducing some basic physics (don't be put off here, it's very light), he then introduces the various energy forms one by one. For each form, he then describes the physical process involved in obtaining the energy and various aspects of this process (the efficiency, availability of production materials, safety, etc). It is easy to see how complex the picture is after just a couple of lectures, and to see that the strengths and weaknesses vary greatly. In particular, while it's clear that a move away from fossil fuels is desirable in the long run, the change is going to be slow, and he gives several reasons to suspect this.
By far, my favourite section was the 3 lectures on nuclear energy. The descriptions of the processes involved / challenges faced are really exciting, and I have no doubt I'll listen to this part of the book again. I also enjoyed various `thought experiments' he runs at several parts of the book, like `How much of the US land would be required obtain the entire countries energy needs from solar power?'.
I definitely think that the book has given me a bigger appreciation and understanding for the topic, and would recommend it to anyone who would like to know more. I should say, I found that some parts of the series require some effort, as the material is quite dry (unavoidably, I think) in some parts. I'm not saying that the whole book was a slog or anything, I'm definitely happy I read it, but it requires quite a lot of attention, as for the most part it is quite heavy on information.
"Very interesting and thought provoking"
This was well explained. The explanation starts off at a basic level, but later goes into great detail. This has helped me understand the scientific process of different energy sources and the aspects that are considered when deciding what to use at national levels. For a person who likes science and economics, this book was very interesting and thought provoking. In the end the talk about future technologies was also very mesmerising. The voice was very clear and best part was the book was very unbiased.
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